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Postcards from Sweden & Norway

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Well, this blogging thing hasn’t exactly gone as planned this year, this in fact my first post of 2017.

So for those of you who have stuck around, I appreciate it and I will try and get as much content out as I can. I will explain more about the absence later on. For now, here are some postcards from my trip to Norway and Sweden in late January of this year.

There is an event called Gatebil which I visit every year in Norway, you can read about it here, and here. This is a summer event held in both Norway and Sweden over a couple of months. They also hold an event in the winter called “Gatebil on Ice” which takes place, as you might have guessed, on ice. A frozen lake to accurate. Ever since I have heard about it I have always wanted to go and finally this was going to be my year to go, or so I thought. One week out from the event they cancelled due to lack of sufficient snow fall. With flights all booked and too short of a notice to cancel the AirB’n’B we couldn’t cancel the trip. Disappointment hit but we decided not to lose money but to take it up as a many break. Sadly my better half Amy couldn’t make it as she wasn’t booked on the original trip and flight prices were too much to afford at that time of year. SO this would be a trip with me and a few other photographer friends. We were staying in a picturesque wooden lodge in Bograngen near the Norwegian boarder which was quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Perfect, well almost, I didn’t have Amy with me.

So here are the pictures, the one with the parting in the trees is the Norwegian/Sweden boarder, I love how they show the divide. The picture above is one of the few clear nights we had above our lodge. The reason for there being so few pictures is that I had lost my about 60% of my files when my hard drive failed. I will get into that in another blog.

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Published Work – Gatebil Magazine

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2016 has been a year of polar opposites, work wise I have been incredibly busy, photographically I have been very quiet. I have shot much less but what I have shot has gone much further. Because I have been shooting for clients and not myself a lot of my work has remained on hard drives until they have been published. In July I attended an event called GATEBIL at Rudskogen Motorsenter in Norway. If that name rings a bell, it is because I went last year which you can see here. This is hands down my favourite motorsport event I have ever had the pleasure of attending and this year I got the extreme honour of shooting for their own magazine, predictably called GATEBIL MAGAZINE. I was tasked to shoot several feature cars, one of which is this super rare, Steatlh B7 which is one of one! What I didn’t know until this month was that I made the front cover. And I don’t mean I got a small picture on the front cover…I GOT THE MAIN IMAGE! Thanks guys! Anyway, here is a few images that didn’t make the cut. Thanks to Jan Øivind Ruud and Team RR for being so helpful during the shoot and thanks to Kaj Alver for getting me the gig.

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Published Work – Ace Cafe Year Book

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From an automotive photography point of view, this year has been pretty quiet for me. The amount of posts I have put up on Fueltopia has been laughable, the reason for this is twofold; work (I’m an Automotive CGI Artist) has been insanely busy this year meaning I have lost a lot of my weekends, secondly, some of the work I have been shooting has been for magazines so I couldn’t share it anyway. However, I am stoked to announce that I have now, for the first time (as far as I am aware) managed to get my work published in a magazine. It is in the Ace Cafe Yearbook which you can pick up here. Inside it celebrates all that is associated with Ace Cafe from events to music, to the culture and the people. It also includes some of my coverage from the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint. Here some of my favourites:

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Postcards from Kefalonia

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September saw us head off to the sunny Greek island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea, just west from the mainland. The reason for our trip? Aaron and Nicola had asked that I photograph the wedding and rather generously paid for Amy and I to stay with them in the incredibly fancy Tesoro Blu hotel. Now I have been fortunate enough to go to some nice places with family and friends but I am not sure I have stayed in a hotel as fancy as this! Providing luxury rooms and a relaxing atmosphere it seemed to dissuade you from wanting to leave. Me being me, I can’t stay put for more than 5 minutes so we did venture out and explore local beaches, ruined churches and mountain top towns. Being so small, Kefalonia means you are pretty local to everything. Local taverna’s had incredible food too. Couple that to the welcoming locals and gorgeous weather, this really is an ideal place to holiday. Here are some pictures from that trip.

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Postcards from Scotland

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May was the month where we took our annual family holiday. This time it was to Scotland. The road trip was fraught with car troubles which meant that I was starting the holiday on the back foot. That just meant I needed to relax even more. We stayed in 20 bedroom mansion called Ardlamont House, North West of the Isle of Bute in picturesque grounds with nothing but good food, good drink and amazing company to keep us entertained. There was no wifi, there was no phone signal, just good old fashioned fresh air and stunning scenery. Honestly, I didn’t know how I would get on without my creature comforts but it didn’t take long for me to stop caring about checking instagram and facebook every five minutes. This was, in a true sense, a holiday.

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Oh and if you liked this, why not check out;
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